Today in Hawks Around Town – The Robin Never Had a Chance

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2017 at 11:00 am 8 Comments

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Photo by Scott Stafford

“This sharp-shinned hawk landed right outside my window in NW DC. The robin isn’t much smaller than the hawk!”

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  • Planner

    Robin Red Breast, indeed.

  • Michael Pierce

    Yet another reason not to leave your cats outside unattended. Hawks can and do carry off smaller cats and kittens.

    • Angry Parakeet

      In DC it’s against the law to let your cat outdoors roaming.

    • Ally


      RIP little/big robin. Glad the hawk got a meal, though.

  • Sammy

    A players gotta play!

  • Joey

    Nice photo and good ID on the Sharp-shinned Hawk! This is probably a migrant bird that is following these early spring migrant birds as they migrate norther through our region.

  • smrtcar

    Circle of life. Predators like this are key in wild and urban environments alike. Beautiful picture! Look at that plumage. A1+

  • Joshua

    Reeeeeed Robin, yummm.


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